Funny to read this thread.
For what its worth, I own 2 BK A-2s (among others) and they are both keepers. Ive been around a long time and owned jackets from almost everyone in the game, and these jackets are second to none. Period.
All depends what you're after I guess.
Politics and history...
Fit is a subjective thing, as are dissecting WW2 pics.
Im selling my ELC Monarch because it feels a bit large on me. And its a pain, because the jacket is insane!
But no amount of wishing is going to change the fact. I have 4 other high end A-2s that fit me beautifully, makes its pretty...
Still for sale. Asking £850 PP F&F posted UK (posted elsewhere at agreed costs)
ELC has had a price increase, now £1199
Essentially new, mint condition. Only worn for fit picks and once outside the house.
Not sure if anyone else received this, but there's a 38, some 42s, 44s, 48, 54 and even a size 60 on there!
Apparently, "The products are mainly development samples, previous versions or jackets with small flaws. "
Measurements (approx) attached:
Pit to pit 21.5"
Zipper front 23"
Sleeve (outer curve) 25.75"+
Im 5'10, 72kgs, 40" chest, regular build and this is a perfect fit, incl lengths.
See fit pic at bottom.
This is the SAME jacket, but with the wider left pocket and...
This was the first jacket I received, that was replaced with the 'updated' version (reviewed elsewhere).
The update included the label and hanger tab being moved up slightly, the wider left pocket and the extra row of stitching under the collar. Otherwise its exactly the same.
Here are some legends of the AVG wearing their M-422/As…
Im planning to do some custom paint work to my jacket, emulating the red Angel of the 3rd Squadron’s Hells Angels. R.T. Smith
Comparing some original G&F M-422As
Its been a while since I did a review... But here goes...
I've been wearing this jacket often since I received it, and initial impressions stand up. Its a beaut!
Patterned after AVI's original WW2 Gordon & Ferguson M-422A, the jacket looks right and fits comfortably.
AVI have done a good job of...
Looks great, if the price is right, and the fit sure is... its a great first A-2!
Dont worry too much about the back. Nothing wrong with it. My Monarch is the same in some parts...
Horsehide is strong, they use different pieces of the leather for different parts. You may find it thinner in the...
As you all know, Im a fan of AVI LTHR's jackets and have just ordered the long-awaited M-422A.
(Pics and thoughts will be posted)
In discussing some details of the above order, I received some info I thought I'd share.
They are introducing a line of classic civilian types, the first being a Cafe...
This dropped recently, received and email over the weekend.
Copied off their Gordon & Ferguson original.
From what I can see, most of the detailing is there...
Now this IS interesting. Platon has acquired an original Dubow G-1, and is looking to reproduce it.
I had some recent comms with him and he shared the below.
Essentially, he is looking at reproducing an "...exact replica so it will feel like a NOS original..."
Considering what he did with the...
For the USN fans...
I was told ages ago that AVI had acquired and will be making a repro of a Star Sportswear G-1. I asked about this when ordering the A-2 and was told it would still be a while, but...
I was shown a pic of their G&F M-422a test jacket, they recently received!!!
Liking the look...
And lastly, a comparison with their 2019 goat version.
Despite owning a number of top end jackets, I love wearing the AVI goat jacket, its so light and comfy... My only gripe is that the sleeves could have done with another inch (rectified with the new HH jacket)...